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Dear Eleonora Rose,
I’m your Gigi. You were brought here on May 9, 2022. On the day you were born, I arose from sleep to a photo of you and your mom. You arrived while we were all fast asleep.
Waking up to that snapshot broke open a billion hearts and they were floating all around me and they have remained. Your sister, Maka stayed the night with Papa and me and, so, the hardest part was not being able to share the praise report of your birth with the one who was so excited about your coming.
But, your mom and dad wanted to be the first to tell Maka. I understood that! Only, it was so hard to not share something, namely, you, with your sister.
We learned that your middle name is Rose later that day. It’s a strong and beautiful family name. You just turned five months at this writing and, most assuredly, you are beautiful and you are strong!
You have been anxious to walk for some time already. You lift onto your mighty little legs as if you’re a one year old. You smile and melt all of our hearts. You laugh when I lift your leg to your chin or Maka acts silly. You adore your mama a lot (a lot) and get little lights on in your eyes when she approaches. Your dad lifts you above his head so you can fly and it’s one of your favorite things. Your dog, Sonic, thinks she’s your nanny. When she licks your face, you delight and she often sleeps right above your head when you fall asleep on Papa Gigi’s couch.
You like “up” most. We know you prefer to be held upright. If you’re lying down, you prefer for us to sit you up and, as I said, you love to be on your feet.
I’m so grateful for you in this world, Eleonora Rose. You’re exactly right. You’re precious and precisely perfect in this time and place. I love you, Dearest Girl.
So, I want to write to you and tell you a little bit about life right now; a segment of time you will have been too young to remember twenty years from now.
If you’re not speaking what is written, you are not saving a soul and it’s not love. Please pull back your hand to another if you’re preaching something you or another designed; something not from God. The only time that can be compassionate is when you declare it, “not of God.” Misguiding the vulnerable under the guise of Jesus is treachery.
Loving another person is the closest any of us will ever get to understanding the world of original design. Being loved by another person is the closest any of us will ever get to understanding Jesus. Having a rock solid confidence in the love of another is the closest we will get, while on earth, to finally being with God in glory; His child. No wonder love is awesome!
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In the church that the Lord has given you, you have remained a steadfast shepherd of your flock. Your fidelity to the truth in the Word, your love for the Word and your commitment to following the command to love God with all of your heart and mind and to love others is evident. You recognize that telling people the truth about themselves for their spiritual growth is loving. For these reasons, and for 100 more, I express my gratitude.
Alas, however, on this Father’s Day, I get on my knees in thanks for the constant guidance, prayer and teaching you have devoted to my children, Nate and Samantha. Your wisdom and love, coupled with your beautiful wife, Kathy, has given Brian and me peace in struggle, joy through triumphs and a view of Christ in advance. In great sincerity, I love you! Happy Father’s Day!